A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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Sept 13, 2007 — This afternoon, my husband Kelly explored the Raquet Club, camera in hand. It seems that yesterday’s massive storm with a waterspout (a small twister filled with water from Lake Chapala) brought massive amounts of rocks, tree, and mud downhill, doing damage en route.

The Raquet Club is a hillside development, very steep in places, on the east of San Juan Cosala. It was created as a development many years ago, but a lot of the houses are quite new.

Kelly noticed quite a few houses that looked totally fine, some with minor damage, some with major damage, and some that appeared too damaged to fix. Kelly has done a lot of building and remodeling over the years, so he had a good eye for such things.

He talked with various people in his meanderings. The most amazing story was told to him by a woman whose house was in really bad shape, with her car pushed and thrown into her house right where her bed was. A friend had encouraged her to spend the night away, for reasons not related to the storm. After she encountered a scorpion in her house, she felt like she would get herself out of there and she had left. So she wasn’t there when the storm came, and this may well have saved her life. Kelly said to her that the scorpion seemed like a sign to leave, and she agreed.

Here are a few of the photos he took in the Raquet Club. He walked in, up what is usually the main Raquet Club entrance. It’s quite steep and you can see that it is covered with rocks. Above him, people are approaching the guard house.

This one below is taken from above the guard house, looking down; it’s steeper than it looks. While this side of the street seems drivable, the median is piled high with rocks, and the other side of the road doesn’t show.


Kelly said that the house below appeared to be fine, but they’ve got a lot of rocks to remove.

This downed tree had come from up higher, as had the large boulder on this side street. The other side of the house looked much worse.

The man on the left and another man were shoveling mud out of this place.

1 Comment from the old blog:

  • At September 14, 2007,  jose said…

    Dear Kelly, sorry to ask but I live in Canada and my parents who are in Guadalajara can get to the raquet club, could you please tell me a bit more about the shape of the houeses 3rd and 5th from the top down, they are my parents and aunt houses I will really thank you for your time, Jose

  • [Jose included an email address and Kelly contacted him directly.]

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